Monday, November 4, 2013

Baba ghanoush (Vegetarian Eggplant Dip)

 I remember the first time I had  Baba ghanoush, I was trying out my first taste of Egyptian food at a small off the beaten path (blink and you miss it) restaurant.  I had never heard of this dish, but I loved the name and the ingredients.  My first taste was like an explosion of garlic and exotic flavors in my mouth... it was love at first dip.    I found this recipe and tweaked to try to capture the flavor of the dip I had so many years ago.  This dip is garlicky... so if you don't do garlic (like enough to ward off vampires), then it's not for you.   But for the rest of you garlic lovers... dip away.

1 large eggplant
1/3 cup tahini, plus more as needed
3-4 garlic cloves finely minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
olives as garnish, more olive oil and parsley

Adapted from this source at

Prick eggplant all over with tines of fork.  Cut eggplant in half and rub oil on cut side.  Place on foil lined baking sheet and place in a 400 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.  Allow eggplant to cool and scoop out flesh (discard skin).  

Mash eggplant well and mix with all ingredients above. Adjust taste as desire.   Garnish with chopped olives, a drizzle of olive oil and more chopped parsley.  Serve at room temperature with cut pita (or toasted pita chips).  Enjoy.


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  1. I've been trying to tell my wellness students how good eggplant is and I don't think I have convinced them. Maybe as one of them suggested I should make a dish and bring it in for them to try. This would be the one!

  2. I adore baba ghanoush. It's one of those comfort foods for me. I'm definitely going to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Wow, these sound heavenly and perfect with pita bread !!

  4. yum...delicious! i have only had this dip a few times when ive been out to eat but i love it! and lot's of garlic...yum sign me up!

  5. Oh Ramona....I LOVE Baba Ghanoush! Anything with eggplant is ok with me! I have never tried to make this for myself. I'm just afraid it won't taste up to par with the wonderful versions I've had. But I am actually going to try this! A perfect appetizer for the holidays! : )

  6. Oh, yeah!!! Definitely a winner...and the more garlic, the better!!!

  7. Oh I love Baba ghanoush but I haven't made it in years. It's been so long I have new idea what recipe I used. Now I have a replacement. Yours looks wonderful and look at all that garlic! Thanks!

  8. Delicious eggplant dip, I simply adore it!


  9. I love everything about this dip and can never have enough of it! Beautiful presentation Ramona :)

  10. "Love at first dip" you should copyright that heehee. ;) I love garlic so I would be all over this, Ramona! It looks so delectable, I may have to put it on the list of appetizers for my holiday party this December!


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